Whatever happened to "I'm Sorry?"
9/5/2007 11:25:35 AM - Mike Gallagher
Jerry Lewis is in some hot water -- evidently, during the waning moments of the 2007 MD Telethon, he tried to joke around with a cameraman and called the cameraman's son, "an illiterate fag." The invevitable reaction from gay activists occurred and the 81-year-old comedian decided to apologize.
We see the same tired old cycle these days: someone in public life says something stupid, they feel a need to apologize, but then seem to have no ability to offer a sincere apology.
Here's what Lewis said in his written statement: "I apologize to anyone who was offended."
I love that. "To anyone who was offended." So what does that mean for those who WEREN'T offended? That he's NOT sorry?
I am fascinated with these defiant, non-apologetic apologies. There seems to always be the qualifying, "If anyone was offended" or "to those who were offended."
Why can't people like Jerry Lewis just say, "I'm really sorry. I screwed up." And leave it at that?
Between a local and national radio show, I do five hours of solo radio a day. Occasionally, i make a mistake. I say the wrong thing, I treat a caller badly. I don't say, "If anyone was offended at my error, I apologize."
I say, "I'm sorry."
What's so hard about that?